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September 6th, 2004


10:50 pm - uhhh
I've still got one of these?
Current Mood: Machismo
Current Music: Israel - Miles Davis

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March 4th, 2004


11:15 pm - The Passion
So today I saw the Passion with some homies from my small group. It was intense. I think that a great number of people complained about the violence and talked about Mel Gibson being obsessed with violence and blood. But when you read historical accounts of crucifixion and Roman punishment as well as the accounts of the trial of Jesus you can really only draw one conclusion, the actual event was disgusting. I really think that a great number of people were not ready for a portrayal of Jesus' death this brutal because the modern christian culture is unable to show the death like it really was. Not just the christian culture, but main stream culture in general. His death was extremely unpleasant and so who wants to see a movie about it, right? It actually had less blood than I expected. I would say besides the whipping scene because that was more than I could ever expect.
What I really liked about the movie is how many of the lines in the Bible were filled in with the culture of the time. Like when Jesus was captured in the garden. Do you really think that the people who apprehended Jesus were like "Come along now you big silly, you!"? I'm sure they beat the crap out of him and pushed him around like in the movie. I really thought that small things like that added so much to the story.
I can not understand how any one who put much thought into this movie could find it anti-semitic. Sure the religious leaders wanted Jesus dead and they were jews and so did a number of people in the city who were also jews. It is funny though because EVERYONE was freaking jewish. Mary was jewish and the disciples were jewish and that one guy, you know, umm what's his name again? Oh yeah, Jesus. He was jewish too. Also, I hear all this whining about the fact that there was a "mob" of jews rather than just the leaders and that is suppose to be blaming the jews. Thats stupid. Of course there would have been a mob. Whenever there has been a leader there are those who oppose him no matter what. There will always be dissenters. So naturally there was a mob. And further more, I think it is dumb for anyone to blame the jews for "killing" Jesus. His entire purpose was to come to Earth and die for us. How is it that we can point at any single group of people as "responsible" for Jesus' death and be mad at them. Even if the jews played the largest role in killing Jesus (they played a larger role than anyone else), they were doing God's will. Jesus was to die for us. He was here so that we would be reconciled with God. How then can the jews be hated for killing Jesus. We killed him with our sins. I am just as responsible as Caiphas. We are all just as guilty as Pilate. Why spend time hating those who we think are responsible and focus on hating our own shortcomings? Why cause so much stir about a wonderful work of art (Mel Gibson's greatest work) and ignore many of the real problems in our society?
So that was kinda of random and really had no concrete point to it but it was fun right? Yeah I would recommend this film to anyone 'cause it's so freakin' cool. With that intelligent note, I'll depart.

Peace and Tickles,
Ben
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Brand New Colony - The Postal Service

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February 29th, 2004


11:09 pm - I'm back from my soma trip, guys!
Hey guys, sorry i haven't written in a while.
So my dad just hooked up a wireless network in my house and I got an airport card for my laptop so as I am writing this I am lying in my bed. Ahhhhh, this is the reason wireless was invented. Ahhhhhh......
Anyways, I just got back from this trip to Biola University. It was pretty freaking cool. There are so many smart teachers there. I actually saw the office of J.P. Morlan but he wasn't there. Awwww. O well. It was really fun because I met some really really cool people from around the country and a bunch from around here. It was a really good experience. Although the dorm I stayed in was far more tame than any of the others, it was still pretty fun to walk around the campus at night or to chill in my buddies' dorms. We had a really fun discussion about the crazier and more confusing aspects of Christianity like pre-destination and the omnipotence of God which was so much fun. I haven't had a debate like it in a long time and it was refreshing. I really am encouraged by times like these. We did not know each other existed until like thursday and I feel like by today, Sunday, we are really good friends. I know I sound corny and kinda like a chick but it is interesting to me.
Well, that's all you get, take it or leave it.

Peace and Tickles,
Ben

P.S. Today is a leap day but I still had to turn down your mom when she asked me to marry her. I don't care what day it is or what funky traditions there, I am not gonna marry someone who smells like that!
P.P.S. Just playin, holmes.
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead

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February 18th, 2004


10:15 pm - VOTE!
The whiskey hill blues band needs your help! go to http://www.ktvu.com/sponsor/2458804/detail.html to vote for them, and then pass this on

If you haven't heard of the Whiskey Hill Blues band, check out their video on the site. They freakin' rock!

Peace and Tickles,
Ben
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Hey Jude - The Beatles

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February 13th, 2004


12:25 am - College Applications and Funky Music
Two down and two to go. That is all I have to say about that.


Hey, I've got to hand it to Nathan, this band, Postal Service, that he showed me is freaking dope. Like this song makes me feel weird all over. Like really really weird. I can not really even say why it makes me feel like this or even describe how it makes me feel. It is just weird. I love music that does that. That is how all art should be. If my ears could talk they would say "Thank you Nathan, you have enriched us both!"

Peace and Tickles,
Ben
Current Mood: weirdweird
Current Music: Brand New Colony - The Postal Service

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February 10th, 2004


11:35 pm - New Icon
Dude so check out this new freakin' icon! Nathan made it for me! It is soo cool. Nathan is the man. Seriously. He roxors my boxors. Thank you so much Nathan. You're Heman!
Current Mood: Totally Awesome
Current Music: The Storm Is Over Now - Kirk Franklin

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06:00 pm - Ahh love is in the air.
So my friend and I were getting flowers at costco cause that's the spot, holmes. We went to pay and was rung up by a girl who was probably a couple years older than us. When she saw what we were getting flowers she said "Getting ready for Valentine's Day?" We said yeah then she said "Yeah you guys are gonna get some later!" How do you respond to that. This total stranger was talking about getting some. After she was done she gave us one of those grins and said "Have fun." Yeah. Maybe it's just me but that was little awkward. I don't remember the point of the story or where I was initially going with this so I guess I'm done.
This same guy who I was at Costco with is going out with this girl who's birthday is tomorrow. That is so close to Valentine's day. For me, I think of Christmas and Valentine's day too close. What's more, I am slowly beginning these girl creatures. They seem to care about this kind of thing. I'm sure I am slow to figure this out but it has dawned on me in the past few years. I feel bad for my buddy because he has to be creative TWICE in one weak! That's CRAZY! I do not think I could deal with that. Yeah, I'm not very smart. Well that's all you get. Mazel Tov.

Peace and Tickles,
Ben Chernikoff
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Haters - L.A. Symphony

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01:05 am - Awesome
I'm so friggin' dumb. I can't even stand it. Today my friends and I were at Long's during lunch and the whole store staff is really paranoid. Actually I don't really blame them being across the street from the high school and all. But anywho, they make everyone leave thier backpacks in a pile outside by the door. I slung my pack on the pile with everyone else's and when I was leaving grabed my backpack. Wait, Oh no! I grabbed what I THOUGHT was my backpack. It turned out to be this new chick's backpack that looks exactly like mine. Of course I do not figure this out till the start of class which happened to be choir. So I ask my teacher if I could go across the street to see if mine is there which it is. So now I have my backpack and this chick, Katie's, backpack. I have not even the faintest clue who this girl is so I ask the choir if they know. A bunch of girls say "Yeah, she's in this class!" O crap. I don't know her even though she is in this class. Wow, I feel real good. Then the girls say "Oh, she's not here. She is looking for her backpack [damn!]. Some asshole stole it!" I swear the girl said that. That about sums up how I felt. I look around a bit for her but decide to go back to class and wait. Right as I get in, she comes in, tears streaming from her cheecks. I can not even describe how bad I felt. Here is this new girl who has been at the school for like two weeks and her backpack gets "stolen" by some moron in her choir. Wow. Messed up

Peace and Tickles,
Ben Chernikoff
Current Mood: dec
Current Music: Of Minor Prophets And Their Prostitute Wives - Pedro The Lion

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February 2nd, 2004


09:42 pm
So I took this quiz thing and I got a result I was particularly pleased with. Enjoy

 Congradulations! you're a Complete Psycho!
'Complete Psycho' PLEASE VOTE!!!


What Type of Lunatic are You?
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Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: Deserted Cities Of The Heart - Cream

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09:29 pm - An essay on random thoughts while walking down the Kings Way on the way to buy an Air soft gun from
As obvious as this may be, I think that one of the most interesting ways of getting anywhere is walking. In our society that is always rushing from one place to another, this is often forgotten. Walking is by no means as fast or as easy as driving but it really gives you time to think and to observe people. I was going to walk from my school to a Big 5 (AIR SOFT GUNS! get on the train) then to my church. I got a chance to see people that I did not know. I love to people watch. It is so interesting. I'm not really all that messed up, it's just a hobby. Anyways, I got a chance to really think about stuff like existentialism and nihilism and why hot dogs come in ten packs but buns come in 8 packs. I couldn't figure out the hot dog thing, but I did come to some conclusions about nihilism.
Sometimes I wish I could be a existentialist because it seems like life would be so much easier. Dean from On the Road by Jack Kerouac is one of the most care-free and fun (not to mention the craziest) characters in any book I have ever read. He is the closest I've ever come to meeting a existentialist. It seems like it could be really easy because I would not have to worry about anything pretty much. I could live sex, drugs and rock and roll and not really worry about it too much. I would not have to be burdened with a conscience or morals or righteousness because such things don't exist, Then I realize that I could not live like that even if I wanted to. I put too much thought into life and care too much about other people and about things. I would just be deluding myself. At this point I am walking down El Camino Real over the bridge by Stanford shopping center. I thought about it some more then my thoughts turned to death. I can not imagine being an atheist. Life must be horrible and fearful. I do not mean to be insulting, but I honestly can not imagine what life would be like. The more I thought about it, the more fearful I got but the more I realized that I did not have to worry about that. At that point I ran into a friend and my thoughts were interrupted.
So that was my journey today. Sorry that was kind of heavy but it was just the way it went. Oh, and I'm not just trying to sound smart. This is what my friends from school and I talk about all the time. It isn't smart, it's annoying. Anyways, I'm off to test out my new air soft gun on my brother.

Peace and Tickles

p.s. IT WORKS SO WELL. I shot my brother from like across the house and he still got a fat welt with a ring around it. I'm excited.
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Stange Brew - Cream

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